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Buddhadharma : Winter 2006
buddhadharma| 29 |winter 2006 blessing he received from his gurus. The power of his gurus’ blessing allowed for this vajra song of realization to shine in Gotsangpa’s mind, and he sang it. Questions and Answers Student: How should we apply Mahamudra prac- tice to a strong habitual tendency of feeling tired? Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche: When you feel tired, recognize that it is like being tired in a dream when you know you are dreaming. Recog- nize tiredness to be an expression of mind’s energy and play. Let it be self-arisen and self-liberated as luminous clarity, Mahamudra. The Mahayana teaches that when a practitioner reaches the first noble bodhisattva ground, Excel- lent Joy, then birth, aging, sickness, and death cause no suffering or hardship. From the Mahamudra perspective, it is understood that this can happen because the bodhisattva realizes that the appear- ances of suffering are self-arisen and self-liberated. In a dream, all forms are appearance-emptiness undifferentiable, all sounds are sound-emptiness undifferentiable, and all states of mind are clar- ity-emptiness undifferentiable. Therefore, there is actually nothing to get tired from or that can cause any difficulty. When you do not know you are dreaming, however, things appear to be truly existent, you think they truly exist, and your expe- riences seem to confirm that. All of this produces tiredness and other forms of suffering. But when you recognize that you are dreaming, tiredness, despair, and all other forms of suffering are self- arisen and self-liberated. It is helpful to consider this example of a dream. When we do not know we are dreaming, we cling to dream appearances as being truly existent and experience a variety of hardships as a result. When we recognize we are dreaming, nothing is difficult – appearances of difficulty are self-arisen and self-liberated. From the dream’s perspective, their quality of being appearance-emptiness does not change, but your experience is quite differ- ent depending on whether you recognize you are rIchardMIsrach Moon over Cholla Mountain 11.3.96 2:18-4:52 a.m.